Faculty of Science and Engineering

Computer Science research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MSc by Research PhD

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About our programmes

Whether you choose to study at Masters or PhD level, you'll find that Computer Sciences at Hull combines research expertise and cutting-edge facilities to deliver a unique experience in your postgraduate journey. The qualification you earn will allow you to face the challenges that lie ahead in the rapidly-developing world of computer science and to gain a head start in your career. The research we do in Computer Science - from AI and informatics to gamification, computational science, robotics and visualization - builds on a long history of successful research and innovation.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the UK's assessment of research quality, we were ranked joint fifth in the country for the international, real-world impact of our research. Studying with us for a postgraduate research degree means you get to benefit from this expertise to solve a world-leading research problem of your own. Along the way, you will also acquire a wealth of other vital skills and enjoy being part of our active and friendly postgraduate student community.


Open for admission in 2018/19

Open for admission in 2019/20

Full time Part time
MSc by Research 1 year 2 years
PhD 3 years* 5 years*

* plus writing-up time

Start in January, May or September


Our academic experts welcome applications for postgraduate research across a broad range of topics.

Artificial Intelligence and Informatics

  • Decision support and data mining (in telehealth)
  • Applied distributed information systems (privacy and security)
  • Big data
  • Digital healthcare technologies

Computational Science

  • Agent-based modelling
  • Data structures and analytics
  • Domain-specific languages
  • Crowd-sourced data
  • High-performance computing

Computer Gamification and Instruction

  • Using game technologies to improve motivation and engagement
  • Technology enhanced learning
  • Intelligent and personalised systems
  • Data mining (including educational data mining)
  • Human-computer interface aspects
  • Mobile and web-based applications

Dependable Systems

  • Optimal design refinement and allocation of dependability requirements - automation of processes in dependability standards
  • Automated dependability (safety, reliability, availability) analysis
  • Multi-objective optimisation of system architecture and maintenance
  • Automatic test data generation
  • New generation user interfaces for system design tools
  • Meta-heuristics, intelligent agents and application of AI in system design 


  • Intelligent robots
  • Intelligent diagnostic tools
  • Cognitive architectures
  • Fuzzy logic and robotics
  • Assistive living robots

Simulation and Visualization

  • Applications of simulation and visualization
  • Underpinning technologies

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,260 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,130 (part-time)
  • International: £16,000 (full-time)

Please note, the fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit the fees and funding page.

The standard length of a full-time PhD programme is three years, or five years part-time, plus 'writing-up'.

For full-time students, writing up typically takes about three months but may be extended to one year without further paperwork. For part-time students, writing up typically takes one year, but may be extended to two years without further paperwork.

There is a small continuation fee to be paid for the writing-up period. The continuation fee is partly reimbursed, if you submit in less than one year (full-time) or less than two years (part-time).

Some postgraduate research students may be asked to pay a bench fee in addition to the tuition fee to cover additional costs of their research project. If such a fee is levied for additional project-specific costs, not included in the tuition fee, you will receive further information during the application process.

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in Computer Science or related discipline with reasonable programming skills and experience.

You should check our existing research areas and tailor your research proposal accordingly.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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